The Champions League Final is the culmination of the long club season. But this year, the match marks the start of a soccer-stuffed World Cup summer. It’s a fitting event for Memorial Day Weekend.
The match between two-time defending champ Real Madrid and five-time winner Liverpool kicks off tomorrow at 2:45 pm, just as thunderstorms are set to roll into the NYC area.
That means you have an important choice to make: Do you watch the game with lucky Liverpool supporters? Or with Insufferable Madridistas?
Do you join other neutrals hoping for a classic match at one NYC’s great soccer venues? Or do you skulk around with bitter Atlético Madrid, Barcelona or Everton fans who will root passionately against their enemy?
Where to Watch with Liverpudlians
In Manhattan, head to Carragher’s Bar on 228 West 39th Street between 7th and 8th Avenue. The bar is named for part-owner Jamie Carragher, a former Liverpool star. In a fun twist, the pub used to host the Peña Madridista NYC, the big supporters club here.
In Queens, visit the the Shillelagh Tavern at 47-22 30th Ave in Long Island City
Where to Watch with Madridistas:
According to the Peña Madridista NYC Twitter account, non-fan club members should visit The Australian at 20 West 38th Street. Official members can slide into the Playwright Irish Pub at 27 West 35th Street.
Where to Watch with Soccer-Lovers of All Stripes:
Studio Square at 35-33 36th Street in Long Island City, where you can watch on a massive screen.
Banter Bar at 132 Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg, where you can watch after a massive brunch.
Where to Watch With Neutral Supporters and, Probably, A Lot of People Who Hate Real Madrid Too:
Smithfield Hall at 138 West 25th Street, where Barcelona supporters gather for matches and where you may spot a soccer celebrity
Football Factory at 6 West 33rd Street, where Atlético supporters gather for matches and where you may spot a celebrity
Where to Watch with People Who Hate Liverpool:
Turnmill at 119 East 27th Street, where Everton supporters gather to cheer on the Toffees.
Where to Watch With This Author, Who Hates Real Madrid:
A bar in Asbury Park.
You should watch the game at the soccer bar in Bradley Beach, Dave.